I am trying to add a task to my project. The task is assigned to my customer. I want to give them 30 days to complete the task and I don't care how many hours it takes them. Other than the 30 day duration, the hours do not affect my project. How do I do this? I cannot figure it out.
I assume you are using MS Project. These are some ways to do what you want.
- Create a 30-day task but do not assign any resource. The task will be displayed and treated like any other task but since it has no resources assigned, it will have zero work hours.
- If you need to assign a resource (for reporting / filtering purposes), then you can use a material or cost resource. Neither of those resource types require work hours. I’d prefer to use a cost resource, because that way I could define the task’s related cost.
- Since it is a task that will be carried on by your customer, then maybe you do not need to monitor the task progress. In this case, you can use a simple milestone to indicate the task’s finish date.
Note that the first two options use a 30-day task with no work, while the third option uses a milestone with no work and no duration. This means that in the first two options, the task will have certain weight for the percent complete calculation (“% complete” MS Project field) while the third option will not.
None of these options will have influence over “% work complete”, though.
Hope this helps.